In The Know – Exciting STEM Competitions!

In The Know – Exciting STEM Competitions!

In The Know What's new? Young people

STEM activities are a brilliant way to inspire more young people to take on careers in STEM. As employers still struggle to recruit skilled staff in these areas, there has been a great deal of effort made in recent years to teach young people the importance of STEM and the role it can play in shaping the future. This week’s newsletter has three great STEM competitions to inspire the next generation!

Google Science Fair
Google has launched a competition for 13-18-year-olds to exhibit their brilliant STEM ideas. Young people can enter on their own or as part of a group and stand a chance to win one of the 179 prizes up for grabs! The judges are looking for entries that offer a new perspective, fresh thinking, or an innovative approach. To find out more, click here.

National Engineering Competition for Girls
Talent 2013 invites girls to solve the major challenges of the 21st century by participating in the National Engineering Competition for girls! Entrants are encouraged to create a project to show how engineering makes a difference to people and the planet. The competition is open to all female students in secondary school and there are three different age categories between 11 and 18. Girls can enter alone or in a group. To find out more, click here.

BP Ultimate STEM Challenge
BP has launched the Ultimate STEM challenge for young people aged 11-14. By exploring the practical uses of science, engineering and technology the challenge is designed to stimulate creativity, build confidence and teamworking skills, and inspire young people to consider careers in STEM. This year’s challenge tasks young people with reimagining the solution to a real-life problem using their creativity, skills and knowledge. To find out more, click here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity that runs after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. If you would like to know more about our programmes, please contact us here.

In the Know – Activities to sharpen your writing skills!

In the Know – Activities to sharpen your writing skills!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Writing skills such as creating original content, using good grammar and having a varied vocabulary will be indefinitely useful to young people. With a well-honed skill and a strong grasp of the language, they will almost certainly excel at their exams and assignments, not to mention university assignments and work reports in the future. Here are three activities that will help them to sharpen their writing skills.

Arvon Creative Writing Courses
Arvon offers creative writing residential courses and retreats, led by highly acclaimed writers, spanning poetry to playwriting, songs to screenplays, fact to fiction, starting to finishing. They also offer grants to help with course fees for those who need it. Any young person, regardless of writing experience, can immerse themselves in the creative process, be inspired by experienced writers and release their imaginative potential. Their 2018 Course Programme is now open for booking. Find out more here.

The Wells Festival Competition
The Wells Festival offers a Young Poets competition for young people aged 16 and over. The entry fee is £3 and poems may be on any subject and must not exceed 35 lines in length. The winner will receive £150 plus a year’s subscription to The Poetry Society. Applications are now open until the 30th of June 2018 and can be submitted online or via post. Find out more here.

Writing Challenge App
The Writing Challenge App allows students to enjoy writing through a fun and interactive game. The app helps the student get started and then provides a prompt every minute to add new ideas, words, characters, sentences, places or actions to the plot. Young people who have a hard time getting started with creative and academic writing assignments will enjoy the fast-paced, game-like setup of this app. The app costs about £2 and is available for iOS and Android. Find out more here.

The GT Scholars Programme is an after-school programme that focuses on social mobility, growth mindset and helping young people to achieve their aspirations. The programme includes tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-16. If you would like to know more, please contact us here.

In the Know – Cultural activities for young people!

In the Know – Cultural activities for young people!

In The Know Parents What's new?

It is important for young people to be exposed to cultural activities and subject areas like art, history, poetry and music. It opens their minds to new experiences, deepens their character, and it also allows them to balance their interests so that their time is not only absorbed by school work or sports. Here are activities in three different cultural fields for young people to take part in.

Historical Fiction Competition 2018
The Historical Association’s historical fiction competition is a writing competition for students in year 7 to 9. What sets this writing competition apart is that the story needs to explore history by being set in the past, so entrants will need to use their historical knowledge to create the plot, context and characters. There are several categories and winning students will each receive a cash prize among other prizes. Entries are free and need to be submitted by the 31st of May 2018. Find out more here.

Create! Fashion Blogs Workshop
This full-day workshop hosted by the Victoria & Alfred Museum is tailored for 13 to 15-year-olds who want to learn how to start a fashion blog, create content to share online, and explore the best tools and resources for bloggers. The workshop is run by Navaz Batliwalla, a London-based fashion editor and creator of fashion blog Disneyrollergirl. Tickets cost £20 and the workshop is taking place on Saturday the 5th of May 2018 from 11am to 4pm. Find out more here.

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award
The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is an opportunity for any young poet aged 11-17 to accelerate their writing career. With entries from over 6,000 young people last year across the UK and worldwide, it is the largest competition of its kind and its importance is widely attested. Each year 100 winners are selected by a team of high profile judges. Winners receive a range of fantastic prizes including membership of The Poetry Society and access to a week-long residential poetry course. Entrance is now open until the 31st of July 2018. It is free and you can enter as many times as you want. Find out more here.

The GT Scholars Programme is an after-school programme that focuses on social mobility, growth mindset and helping young people to achieve their aspirations. The programme includes tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-16. If you would like to know more, please contact us here.